MANILA, Philippines — A climate-resilient model community will soon rise in Surigao del Norte that will serve as a prototype village, which can be replicated by other local government units (LGUs) most at risk of the effects of climate change.
According to Climate Change Commission (CCC) vice-chairman Mary Ann Lucille Sering, the “Ecotown” to be established in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, will demonstrate what a climate change-resilient community should look like.
She said the prototype community could help local governments understand the importance of incorporating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management in their local policy planning and in providing public services.
The signing of the agreement for the establishment of the community was led by Sering, Surigao Del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-CARAGA Director Nerio Casil.
The Ecotown project will begin immediately and will be established in the municipality of Del Carmen.
Under the agreement, a vulnerability assessment of the municipality will be conducted to determine climate change impacts to the community, their environment and socio-economic development, while a livelihood component is also being worked out with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Sering explained that the Ecotown is the embodiment of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) as implemented in the local level.
She added that adaptation is a practical and moral imperative as the adverse impacts of climate change are increasing.
Local chief executives in Surigao del Norte has welcomed the establishment of the Ecotown, particularly in the municipality of Del Carmen.
Manila Bulletin Sunday
By Ellalyn B. De Vera
September 04, 2011